'''Lewis "Lew" Wallace''' (April 10, 1827February 15, 1905) was an American lawyer, Union Army|Union
general in the American Civil War
, governor of New Mexico|governor
of the New Mexico Territory
, politician, diplomat, and author from Indiana
. Among his novels and biographies, Wallace is best known for his historical adventure story, ''Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
'' (1880), a bestselling novel that has been called "the most influential Christian book of the nineteenth century."
Wallace's military career included service in the Mexican–American War
and the American Civil War. He was appointed Indiana's Adjutant General|adjutant general
and commanded the 11th Indiana Infantry Regiment
. Wallace, who attained the rank of major general, participated in the Battle of Fort Donelson
, the Battle of Shiloh
, and the Battle of Monocacy
. He also served on the military commission for...